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Dominant Djokovic beats Medvedev to win ninth Australian Open

Melbourne - Peerless world number one Novak Djokovic demolished Russia's Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to win his ninth Australian Open title and extend his record-breaking reign at Melbourne Park Sunday.

King Novak faces 'challenger' Medvedev in Australian Open final

Melbourne - Novak Djokovic says going unbeaten in eight Australian Open finals will give him confidence in Sunday's decider, but he'll need more than that to overcome "the man to beat" -- red-hot Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev powers past Tsitsipas into Australian Open final

Melbourne - Russia's Daniil Medvedev overpowered Stefanos Tsitsipas to make his first Australian Open final Friday, where he will bid to stop world number one Novak Djokovic from clinching an unprecedented ninth title.

Osaka shatters Williams record bid to make Australian Open final

Melbourne - Naomi Osaka emphatically ended Serena Williams's latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam crown with a straight-sets demolition in the Australian Open semi-finals Thursday.

Australian Open crowds banned as Melbourne begins lockdown

Melbourne - Australia's second-largest city of Melbourne went from welcoming thousands of fans for its Grand Slam tennis tournament to deserted city streets overnight, as millions began a five-day coronavirus lockdown.

Djokovic injured in thriller as Australian Open shuts doors

Melbourne - Defending champion Novak Djokovic admitted his Australian Open might be over after an injury-hit win on Friday as fans were kicked out ahead of a state-wide coronavirus lockdown.

Melbourne orders snap Covid lockdown, but Australian Open plays on, without fans

Melbourne - More than six million people were ordered into a snap, five-day lockdown Friday to contain a new coronavirus outbreak in Australia's second most populous state, forcing the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne to shut fans out.

Melbourne orders snap covid lockdown, but Australian Open plays on, without fans

Melbourne - More than six million people were ordered into a snap, five-day lockdown Friday to contain a new coronavirus outbreak in Australia's second most populous state, forcing the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne to shut fans out.

Tearful Kenin out but Barty just getting started at Australian Open

Melbourne - Defending champion Sofia Kenin exited the Australian Open in tears on Thursday as world number one Ashleigh Barty negotiated a sticky moment to reach the third round.

Djokovic passes Tiafoe test, Serena sublime at Australian Open

Melbourne - Eight-time champion Novak Djokovic was made to sweat at the Australian Open on Wednesday as Serena Williams made serene progress in her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.

Australian Open boss 'confident' event will go ahead despite Covid case

Melbourne - Australian Open chief Craig Tiley said he was "absolutely confident" the tournament will start next week despite a fresh coronavirus case that halted warm-up tournaments and forced hundreds of players and officials into isolation on Thursday.

Tennis chaos as players, officials isolate after Australia Covid-19 case

Melbourne - Preparations for the Australian Open were thrown into chaos Wednesday when up to 600 players and officials were told to isolate and get tested after a hotel staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

Up to 30,000 a day allowed into Australian Open

Melbourne - Daily crowds of between 25,000 and 30,000 will be allowed to watch the Australian Open, organisers said Saturday in a big boost to the season's opening Grand Slam.

Two players test positive in new Australian Open blow

Melbourne - Two Australian Open tennis players have tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said on Tuesday, in a new blow for the tournament which is facing a backlash from a wary public.

Kyrgios slams 'tool' Djokovic as Australian Open tensions run high

Melbourne - Australia's Nick Kyrgios dismissed world number one Novak Djokovic as a "tool" as a backlash grew against tennis players flown in for the Australian Open during a raging pandemic.

'No special treatment' - Australia rebuffs tennis stars' quarantine complaints

Melbourne - Dozens of tennis stars stuck in hotel quarantine ahead of the Australian Open were told Monday they would get no "special treatment" to leave their rooms to train, despite complaints from some players.

Disarray as two test positive for virus on Australian Open plane

Melbourne - A host of tennis players were barred from practising for a fortnight Saturday in a major setback to their Australian Open preparations after two people on a charter flight that brought them to Melbourne tested positive to Covid-19.

French prosecutors probe match-fixing at Roland Garros

Paris - French prosecutors said on Tuesday they had begun an investigation into suspected match-fixing at the French Open, reportedly involving a women's doubles match.

'Virtual' Emmys open with cardboard cutouts, remote video calls

Los Angeles - Host Jimmy Kimmel opened the Emmys on Sunday from an empty Los Angeles theater filled with cardboard cutouts of the nominees, marking the start of Hollywood's first major Covid-era award show.

Window closing on Williams' quest for 24th Slam title

New York - As a weary Serena Williams packed her bags and left Flushing Meadows in the early hours of Friday morning, her latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title snuffed out in the semi-finals of the US Open, one question was left hanging in the b...

US death toll tops 50,000 as some Georgia businesses reopen

Atlanta - Gyms, hair salons and tattoo parlors had a green light to reopen Friday in the state of Georgia as the United States surpassed the grim milestone of 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.

Sanders shrugs off primary defeats, remains in Democratic race

Burlington - Bernie Sanders on Wednesday shrugged off a string of primary defeats and pressure to drop out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, saying he remains in the fight against centrist frontrunner Joe Biden.

Democrats look for Sanders concession after big Biden wins

Detroit - Joe Biden's trajectory to a November showdown with President Donald Trump looked unstoppable Wednesday after he scooped a series of devastating primary wins -- as the party waited anxiously to see if his rival Bernie Sanders would concede and rally beh...

Oil bounce supports Asia stocks after 'Black Monday'

Apo - A sharp bounce in the price of oil Tuesday provided some support to under-pressure stocks in early Asian trade, a day after global equities suffered their biggest losses in more than a decade.

Asia stocks plunge on virus fears, oil prices

Apo - Stock markets plunged around Asia on Monday, as panic selling set in with traders fretting over the economic impact of the new coronavirus and digesting a free-fall in the oil price.By mid-morning, the benchmark Nikkei 225 index had dropped 5.

Australian Open qualifying delayed due to bushfire smoke

Melbourne - Qualifying rounds for the Australian Open were delayed Wednesday as toxic smoke from widespread bushfires continued to choke Melbourne, throwing the Grand Slam's schedule into chaos.

Tennis champion Margaret Court hits out at transgender athletes

Melbourne - Australian tennis great Margaret Court has again condemned transgender athletes, while claiming the devil controlled the media and government, in fiery comments just weeks before she is honoured at the Australian Open.

Golden Globes nominations ceremony begins

Los Angeles - The unveiling of Golden Globes nominees began Monday in a ceremony marking the start of Hollywood's annual awards season that culminates with the Oscars.

Injured del Potro officially out of US Open

New York - Former champion Juan Martin del Potro, who had surgery in June to repair a broken right kneecap, won't be ready for the US Open, organizers said Tuesday.

Dominant Djokovic wins magnificent seventh Australian Open

Melbourne - An imperious Novak Djokovic won a record magnificent seventh Australian Open title by routing Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 Sunday with a display of flawless tennis.
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